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Photo credit: Nick Wass

One by one, the Capitals’ stars are getting on the board. First it was John Erskine, who fired a “muffin” into the twine on Sunday. A period later, it was Alex Ovechkin‘s turn when he unleashed a one-timer for a game-winning goal. Tonight, it was Nicklas Backstrom, who roofed a backhander past Ilya Bryzgalov late in the second period Friday night.

Nicky’s first tally of the season came when John Carlson, the author of a rough season so far, poke-checked the puck away from Sean Couturier as the Philadelphia center entered the offensive zone. Carlson — and his more importantly his glorious hair — then fired a pass up ice to Backstrom, who was waiting at center ice. With the Flyers in the middle of a line change, Nicky was in all alone. Forehand. Backhand. Touchdown.

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